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Phone scammers are at it again, SCSO warns

From staff reports • May 5, 2018 at 12:25 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Phone scammers are attempting to obtain money from local residents by posing as members of law enforcement, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office reports.

According to SCSO Public Information Officer Kristen Quon, the agency has received a number of calls from citizens in the last couple of days regarding a familiar scam.

Con artists have been calling members of the public and introducing themselves as an employee of the SCSO. The scammers are telling those on the phone that they face arrest for missing jury duty and that they can send money or go to jail. 

Scammers have also been making calls and claiming that a family member of the person who answers is in jail and needs money to make bond.

Under no circumstances will the SCSO contact anyone requesting money to avoid incarceration, Quon said. The SCSO urges people who receive such calls to contact the agency at 279-7500 and report the incidents.

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